The 6 Makeup Trends That Will Define 2021


It’s (mostly) going to be all about the eyes.

The silver lining of having to spend most of the last year at home is that it’s given us more time to try new things, whether that’s baking sourdough bread, knitting socks, or experimenting with makeup colors you usually don’t wear.

And a new year brings a fresh set of makeup trends to master, so if you’re already bored of the looks you’ve perfected while quarantining in 2020, then you’ve found yourself in the right corner of the internet.

For 2021, vibrant colors and nostalgia are two major themes, which makes complete sense since many of us have been finding comfort in watching old TV shows or painting our nails cheery colors throughout the pandemic. Christian Serratos’s ’60s-inspired negative space eyeliner and Tessa Thompson’s gorgeous violet smoky eye are two prime examples.

From glowy skin that’ll make you look less washed out on Zoom to berry-stained lips, the makeup trends of 2021 are heavy on the eyes (considering we’re still going to be wearing face masks), but there’s also looks that cover all the bases.

Ahead, the six makeup trends that are going to blow up in 2021.

1. Stained Lips

The past year has been tough for anyone who swears by a bold lipstick. While face masks aren’t going away in the foreseeable future, that doesn’t mean you can’t wear a lipstick. Just swap your go-to creamy matte red for a stain that’s less likely to transfer onto your mask. Take Laura Harrier’s lived-in berry lip for example.

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